When diagnosing a stroke, time is critical. A quick diagnosis will ensure the use of treatment that can help with better results for your recovery.
Arrival at the Hospital: Provide detailed medical history and information about any past medical conditions. Knowing the exact time stroke symptoms began would be very helpful.
Initial Tests: Rule out any other conditions that have symptoms similar to a stroke.
Determine Type of Stroke: CT scan/MRI of the brain.
Other Assessments: EKG; blood tests, including complete blood count, blood sugar, blood clotting time, electrolytes, liver and kidney function; MRI to find out the amount of damage to the brain; carotid ultrasound if narrowing of a carotid artery is suspected; MRA (magnetic resonance angiogram).
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